If you are a happy owner of a Gazelle car and notice that the free play (number of clicks) of the parking brake lever is extremely increased, this information will come in handy. There are malfunctions in the car that do not affect the speed, but have no less important functions.
In general, in Soviet-Russian trucks, a handbrake with a mechanical drive is something abstract and is never remembered until the time comes to use it and the question arises of how to spread the pads on the Gazelle.
What is the parking brake for
Experienced drivers won't argue, a handbrake is needed. Yes, they should not be used in the off-season, when the thermometer is equally likely to be above and below zero. But, for example, in case of failure of the working brake system, all hope, first of all, falls on the parking brake and only then - on engine braking. In case of failure of both systems in especially emergency situations, one should not neglect such “means” of braking as a snowdrift or bushes.
As the rear brake pads wear out, the effectiveness of the handbrake decreases. It is him, since the service brakes do not lose their ability. On the contrary, the pedal becomes more informative, and the braking itself is smoother. The solution is simple - learn how to properly spread the pads on the Gazelle, and then tighten the handbrake cable.
This operation is not difficult and any driver can perform it. If you are not confident in your actions, then you need to contact the specialists.
How to breed pads on the "Gazelle"
The sequence of actions is as follows:
- Put the vehicle on a flat, level surface (ideally a pit or lift).
- Place wheel chocks under the front wheels.
- Set the gearshift lever to the neutral position, the handbrake is lowered, hang the adjustable wheel.
- From the inside of it, remove the two rubber plugs. The lower one is for visual control of the gap between the pads and the drum, as well as their condition. Upper - hides the locking eccentric.
- Use a 17 mm socket wrench or a sufficiently bent ring wrench to loosen the lock nut. Then rotate the eccentric with a 9 mm socket wrench, visually controlling the gap between the pads and the drum. Find the "sweet spot" where the clearance is minimal but the wheel spins easily.
- Tighten the lock nut, check again for easy rotation, reinstall the plugs. Job half done.
Repeat all of the above with the other wheel. Don't take the plugs lightly: if they are not installed, mud, sand and water will make the next repair not as easy as this one.
It remains to tighten the handbrake drive. The optimal stroke of the parking brake lever is 8-10, but not more than 15 clicks until a confident tightening. That, in fact, is all.